In our feel-good-quickly culture, where modernity has led us to believe that we can control everything, our ability to tolerate distress, discomfort, and uncertainty has declined. This process has contributed to the rise in anxiety and worry. By refocusing on living life with purpose while learning to tolerate anxious feelings and physical sensations, we can help free our clients from being hostages to anxiety. Counter to the views of exposure therapy as cruel and mechanistic, you’ll discover how existential framing, practical habit science, and experiential techniques make it transformational. You’ll learn how to:
Jelena Kecmanovic, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, the founding director of the Arlington/DC Behavior Therapy Institute, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She’s a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and other popular outlets.